[Help] Contacting Apple regarding product concept...

Discussion in 'Apple, Inc and Tech Industry' started by FWW, Mar 30, 2010.

  1. FWW macrumors regular

    FWW

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    Good afternoon...

    I was wondering if anyone knew of a point of contact with Apple for pitching/floating/forwarding product concepts/ideas. Specifically, I am looking for someone who would be able to point me in the right direction if one were to shop an idea to Apple.

    I know it is a somewhat odd question, and I am scouring the interwebs as I speak, but thought someone here might be familiar with this.



    Thanks in advance,
    Forest
     
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  3. aristobrat macrumors G4

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    http://www.apple.com/legal/policies/ideas.html

     
  4. FWW thread starter macrumors regular

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    I had a feeling there would either be a very specific point of contact, or, this type of policy.

    Thanks for the info and quick responses.

    Luckily, I was only going to speak with Apple because the company I would prefer to submit this to, would likely be dealing with Apple eventually if it were to come to fruition. I guess I will just deal with the other company.

    Thanks!
     
  5. *LTD* macrumors G4

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    Patent or otherwise file for rights on your idea, if you can. Never mind Apple for now. Or pitch it to a different company, if it isn't Apple-specific.
     
  6. maflynn Moderator

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    OP,
    I highly recommend you edit out your email address from your post or the bots will grab it and you'll start getting spammed.
     
  7. FWW thread starter macrumors regular

    FWW

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    I am generally ok with my gmail being in the wild, due to the unsurpassed spam filters, but since I got an answer I shall edit it out.


    Also, to LTD, I have a lawyer friend who practices in intellectual property law working on it, and have dropped documentation into the mail so I have a postmarked, unopened set of notes/sketches on the idea in hand.

    I spoke with a product development rep with the other company that would have been involved in the original concept, and he is forwarding some documents I have to review before he can even speak with me.

    I think I will end up foregoing both companies altogether and perhaps bring a more fully formed concept to a third party developer after tweaking it a bit.

    Thanks all for the tips!

    Forest
     
  8. MisterMe macrumors G4

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    Any legitimate company will have a policy similar to Apple's for unsolicited product ideas. There are four possibilities and none of them are good:
    1. Unsolicited proposal for a product that is a POS. The company has wasted its time talking to the person.
    2. Unsolicited proposal for a product that is similar to one already in development. The company has no choice but to reject the proposal, but runs the risk of a lawsuit by the person making the unsolicited proposal.
    3. Unsolicited proposal for a new concept. If the proposal is accepted and becomes a failed product, then the company wasted its money.
    4. Unsolicited proposal for a new concept. If the proposal is accepted and becomes a successful product, then the company faces a possible lawsuit for having taken advantage of a "little guy."
    Entertaining unsolicited product proposals is a waste of time, a waste of money, or runs the risk of litigation. Any company in the business of developing new products should slam its doors in the face of any and every person with an unsolicited proposal.

    Apple will return your package unopened.
     
  9. FWW thread starter macrumors regular

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    Oh, I know, not being prepared to be sent to Apple, just to get the concept on paper, and anything that can be filed to protect it filed. After that, I will shop it to app/relevant hardware developers...
     

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